What’s in My Beach Bag? | Island Necessities

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Spring Break is upon us and the sunshine season is just a few months away! Here’s an inside source to my beach bag essentials and some tips to keep in mind as you replenish your vitamin sea!

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Sunnies

What’s a day at the beach without a cute pair of sunnies? Sunglasses are definitely a vacation necessity for me, not only do they protect your eyes but they can be a huge fashion statement. I adore this pair of Dior dupes which I discussed in my last post (if you haven’t read it yet, check it out here!) My adorable case is from a local boutique but you may be able to find a similar one at Nordstrom.

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A Good Read 

The beach is a perfect spot to dive into a good book! I’m currently loving Bossypants by Tina Fey, it seriously never fails to make me laugh. This read is perfect for some light, seaside entertainment and I would definitely recommend it. What’s your favorite book right now? Let me know in the comments below- I love new suggestions!

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An Underwater Camera 

Cute photos are a MUST on any vacation but a sand/water damaged lens can definitely put a damper on any trip. That’s why I love taking my FujiFilm waterproof camera on my beachy adventures! Not only does it have a wrist strap for underwater exploring but it definitely prevents the anxieties of a ruined camera. I used this a ton on my recent vacation and it perfectly captured my snorkeling memories!

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A Hat

Salty hair can get wild and a hat is definitely a beach necessity! Mine is from Vineyard Vines and it always comes in handy. It’s super important to protect your face from UV rays (and to look cute- both of which can be achieved with a hat!) If a ball cap isn’t your style, floppy sun hats are also adorable and will achieve the same fun, tropical look!

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Sunscreen (duh!) 

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my fair share of harsh sunburns. If anything, sunscreen is surely an essential if you’re spending the day with your toes in the sand. I like Neutrogena sunblock because I find that it is gentle on the skin and doesn’t give off a greasy feel. For my face I apply the Ultra Sheer stick and the Ultimate Sport Spray is perfect for my body for I know it will stay on all day. With sunscreen in your beach bag you’ll look like a bronzed babe instead of a lobster…Don’t forget to reapply!

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Sandals 

These definitely aren’t everyone’s style but I ADORE my white Birkenstocks. These sandals are perfect for long walks to the beach because they are super durable and comfortable- not to mention cute! Complementing a tan perfectly, the white style is awesome for Spring and Summer. Yay for Birks!

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That’s it for my Beach Bag Essentials! I hope you had/have an amazing and safe Spring Break! What’s in your beach bag?

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Much love,

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Getaway Garments | A Week in Paradise

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A tropical tan is the perfect accessory to any outfit. I recently took a trip to the beautiful Harbour Island, Bahamas, where these beachy outfits left me feeling pretty in paradise. Enjoy (& don’t forget your sunscreen!)

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This first outfit was definitely one of my go-to beach looks. My tunic style cover up is super light weight and kept me cool in the Bahamian sun. I purchased mine from a local boutique, however you should be able to find similar ones like it at J.Crew. I paired my tropical tunic with my favorite white Birkenstocks which aren’t only comfy and durable, but they compliment a tan perfectly! The sunnies I’m sporting here are exact dupes to the Dior “So Real” Shades (except for the fact that they’re about $500 cheaper!) and I purchased them on Amazon. This outfit encompasses both comfy and cute aspects which are crucial to any vacation look!

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Whether I was grabbing lunch with a view or lounging on the pink sand beaches, this was another one of my favorite outfits from the trip. This navy and lime coverup is perfect for throwing over your swimsuit, instantly creating a beachy look. I paired my tunic with a simple pair of Tkees and I was ready for any adventure awaiting me on the island!

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This fun jumpsuit was one of my dressier outfits on my vacation yet it definitely still gave off a beachy and relaxed vibe. I purchased mine from a small online store, Boho Outfitters but you can find similar ones like it at Urban or Nordstom. I adore the detailing on this piece and can’t wait to incorporate it into more outfits this summer. I paired my jumpsuit with my rose gold pair of Palm Beach Sandals, dressing up the look a bit yet not straying from comfort.

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This final look is a classic white maxi dress that I couldn’t resist bringing on my trip. I purchased mine from Target but you can find tons of variations with this simple design. Whether you want to dress it up with a pair of wedges or wear it barefoot to the beach, this piece is so versatile and beautiful- not to mention it will make you feel like a goddess!

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My tan is beginning to fade so it looks like it’s time to rap up today’s post. I hope you gained some outfit inspiration from my tropical looks! Be sure to tell me your favorite outfit in the comments below!

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With Love,

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A Flight Done Right | Travel Essentials

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It’s time to stuff your carry-on bag and pick out your cutest duffle because February & Spring break are both swiftly approaching! Here are my absolute essentials for traveling regardless of the destination. Enjoy, and don’t forget to fasten your seatbelt!

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My first airplane must is definitely a good book. Let’s face it, long flights can get pretty boring and you can only sleep for so long before needing a real source of entertainment. I recently picked up the intriguing (and aesthetically pleasing, I might add), IT by fashion icon, Alexa Chung and I am in love! This is definitely a quick read as it consists mainly of chic, style inspired photos and unique illustrations. The brevity of the book in addition to the abundance of fashion insight within it, make this read perfect for your time spent in the clouds.

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My next two travel favorites will keep you sweet smelling, even if the lady in the seat next to you won’t stop eating her onion sub (yes, unfortunately I would know this from experience). First off, I love bringing my Kate Spade “Live Colorfully” roller ball perfume with me whenever I am on the go. This product has travel- friendly packaging and smells amaaaazing. In addition to this, I always throw a hand sanitizer in my bag because you never know when you’ll be caught in a sticky situation (literally). This particular one is from Bath & Body Works in the scent “Island Nectar” which not only killed off the germs on my hands, but made me extra psyched for my island vacation!

I’m certainly not the first person to say this, but airplane food is not the tastiest. That’s why snacks basically take up the majority of my carry on bag (oops!) One of my favorite treats to take on airplanes are these yummy dark chocolate pomegranate seeds. Not only are these so, so good but I like to believe that they are somewhat healthy (somewhat? Kind of? Maybe? Anyway…)

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Beat airplane dryness with the perfect moisturizer! A crucial item in my carry-on bag is definitely my EOS hand lotion. Can we just talk about how cute this is?! I love EOS products and this little, egg shaped lotion is the absolute perfect size for traveling. Not to mention it smells AWESOME. I’d definitely recommend bringing some kind of moisturizer on a long flight because dry skin is no fun.

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A final must have is definitely my phone, duh! Whether it be for relaxing music or mindless entertainment, my essentials would not be complete without it.

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My floral iPhone case is from Sonix.

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This is basically everything in my carry-on bag! What’s in yours? Be sure to tell me your airplane necessities in the comments below, and don’t forget to like follow for more posts like this! Thanks so much for reading and stay tuned for more posts from my trip to Harbour Island.

Bon voyage!

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Concert OOTN | Denim & Dancing

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Urban fashion and concert style alike, both incorporate fun and edgy aspects. When I attended a Marina and the Diamonds concert in New York City last week, these were the words I kept in mind upon searching throughout my wardrobe for the perfect outfit of the night. Here you will find the details of my look from an awesome evening in the city… Enjoy!

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My OOTN

Jacket- Urban Outfitters 

I love pairing denim with various looks to make them more casual yet keep them chic. On this rainy night in particular I was definitely glad I layered for it made waiting outside for Marina’s (!!!) performance a lot more enjoyable! While inside the venue, I tied the jacket around my waist and it looked just as cute. If you haven’t already invested in a denim jacket I would highly recommend purchasing one for they are super versatile yet practical!

Top- H&M

This classic black and white striped top is another super versatile item in my wardrobe. This shirt is very simplistic yet I love the fun effect that the higher neckline gives as it peeks over the denim.

Skort- Free People

I am so, so excited about this new piece! A pleather, envelope skort seems a bit intimidating upon first glance however I love the way that it can be dressed up or down. The fact that this is a skort instead of a skirt is also super exciting (got to love those built in shorts!) I am also obsessed with the statement zipper in the front. I can’t wait to experiment with incorporating this piece into various looks (Be sure to like this post if you want me to do a skort lookbook!!)

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Black Tights 

I included sheer black tights under my skort for an edgier look (and for warmth!) You can basically find these anywhere- I believe mine are from Target.

Bag- Kate Spade 

My bright red bag added a pop of color to my look and served as a statement piece. This was the perfect size for the concert necessities and didn’t get in my way while I was dancing. If you were going for a dressier look, the cross body strap is detachable and the purse can be used as a clutch!

(Shoutout to my sister for letting me “borrow”- aka steal this forever from her!!!)

Sneakers- Sk8 Hi Slim Vans

As for shoes, I went with my black and white high top Vans. These were perfect for walking around the city and dancing all night. If you are going to a concert- especially in a city venue that’s entirely standing, I would definitely recommend going with more comfortable footwear. If you were looking to dress up a look like this, black booties would be the perfect addition.

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I hope you enjoyed my outfit of the night!! I had an AMAZING time at the Marina and the Diamonds concert, she was fabulous live! Click here to listen to some of her music and be sure to let me know your favorite songs in the comments below!

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Thanks so much for reading, don’t forget to likecommentfollow for more OOTD & OOTN posts coming your way soon!

With love,

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Summer Blues | DIY Boyfriend Jeans

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Who needs a boyfriend when you can wear boyfriend jeans?! Really though, these distressed denim pants are so trendy at the moment and can truly transform an outfit. Versatile and comfortable, boyfriend jeans can give  a simple look an edgy twist. Not to mention they’re super easy to make yourself! Realizing this, I geared up with a pair of scissors and decided to convert some old jeans from drab to fab (that was cheesy but I couldn’t resist) in a matter of minutes. Here you will find how to create your very own boyfriend jeans… Enjoy!

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What you will need: 

In order to complete this super simple DIY you will only need a few items that can be found around the house!

  • Jeans (pretty obvious)- I thrifted mine from my local Goodwill for just $5, as this was my first time distressing, the thrift store was a great resource for finding inexpensive pieces to DIY.
  • Scissors- fabric scissors would be easiest if you have them however office scissors work just fine.
  • Tweezers
  • A pencil (or really any writing utensil of your choice!)

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Now that you have your materials, follow these easy steps and you will have yourself a pair of trendy, statement jeans!

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  • Step 1: First, try on your jeans and use a pencil to mark exactly how wide and long you would like your distressed areas to be.
  • Step 2: Next, use your scissors to cut horizontal lines about a half inch to an inch and a half apart, depending on how large you would like your holes to be.
    • Hint: Make sure you are only cutting through ONE layer of the pants!
  • Step 3: After that, use your tweezers to pull out the individual fraying strands of denim you have created. This will gradually begin to reveal white, distressed areas.
    •  This step can be quite tedious, but stick to it, you will be happily surprised with the outcome!

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  • Step 4: Continue with the previous step until you reach your desired amount of fraying.
    • Hint: if you are looking for a less geometrical shape in your hole, make the lines you cut in “Step 2” unevenly sized to avoid a boxy look.
    • Throwing your jeans in the wash immediately after distressing will also create a more frayed, edgy style.

After following these steps, not only will you have your very own boyfriend jeans, but the pride to say you made them yourself!

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Here are my finished pants! In addition to rolling the bottoms, I decided to create three holes, one on the thigh, knee and lower shin. I just love pairing my boyfriend jeans with my white Birkenstocks (they’re so ugly they’re cute!) for an extra fun and edgy look. I am so happy with how my jeans came out and would definitely recommend trying this DIY to spice up some old denim! If you do try it out or have any other DIYs you would like me to cover, leave a comment down below!

Thank you so much for reading- it means the world to me! Don’t forget to like & follow for more fashion DIYs in the future!

Have a wonderful week!

With love,

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Loving L’oreal Lipstick |A Haul & Review

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Recently I’ve been loving trying out new lip products for the coming spring season. Amidst my latest trip to my local drugstore I decided to pick up two L’oreal Infallible® Pro-Last Lipcolor products. Here you will find my personal opinions regarding the lip stains and some helpful tips for application and the purchasing process…Enjoy!


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The Purpose: I was immediately drawn to this product due to the positive effects it ensured to have, as I was struggled with other lip stains being dehydrating and loosing their original color on my lips within hours.

L’oreal states that:

“This is the long-lasting, transfer-resistant color you’ve been searching for. The high-intensity color glides on with a moisturizing feel that lasts up to 24 hours.
The result: bold lips without the dry-out and no need to re-apply.”

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Application: At first I was a bit confused as to how to apply this product as it has two different ends. One of them being a transparent balm, and the other, the actual lip color. I later discovered that you are to first apply the lip color and then use the balm on top to lock it in with moisture and ensure that it lasts all day.

I found that the lipcolor end was slightly difficult to apply as it was tricky to control the runny product. The consistency of the lipstick itself was quite watery when first applied to the lips, and I definitely had to use a few q-tips to perfect the edges of my lines and prevent smudging.

Subsequent to applying the color I would recommend waiting for your lips to  somewhat “dry” before going in with the balm side of the product. I found that when immediately using the transparent side after the first application it resulted in a bit of smearing on the lips and on the product itself.

Although I first struggled with the runny consistency of the product, after I eventually applied the balm side, my lips did feel quite moisturized and the texture of my lips was altered from wet (with product) to smooth and sealed in.

The balm side of the product

The balm side of the product

The Colors: I chose to purchase two very different colors, a vampy maroon called, “Raisin Revival” as well as a baby pink called, “Rose Tattoo.”

I ended up loving the raisin shade as it wasn’t too dark on my lips that it was overbearing- but definitely gave them the fun and vampy look I was going for. I love this color because it can be layered to create darker shades, or applied in one sheer coat for more of a magenta look.

On the other hand, I did not end up loving “Rose Tattoo” as it appeared as more of a nude on my lips than the light pink I was going for. The shade wasn’t too pigmented and seemed to wash me out. This was not what I was looking for. Bear in mind however, that this may be complementary to your own complexion as everyone is different! I think this shade was definitely pretty in the tube, but just didn’t seem to work with me.

Swatches of each shade

Swatches of each shade

My overall opinion: As a whole, I would definitley recommend the Infallible Pro-Lat Lipcolor by L’oreal. The product isn’t too pricey and definitely does what it promises. My lip color lasted all day and was even quite difficult to remove (which is a good sign, as it won’t fade!) The combination of the color and balm products left my lips feeling smooth and healthy- certainly not drying them out. There is a huge color selection ranging from pinks to violets so there is surely a shade for everyone! I would love to hear your opinions on this product in the comments below and any of your personal favorite lipsticks or stains at the moment!

Thanks so much for reading, don’t forget to like & comment if you enjoyed & follow me for more product reviews and makeup looks! 

With love xx

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Street Style OOTD: A day in NYC

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Not only is New York City stunning for its famous sights, incredible architecture and overwhelming culture, but simply roaming the busy streets can be as intriguing as visiting another one of its museums. The diversity in style that one can observe whilst walking a few blocks is so genuinely beautiful. From leather pants, to flowing dreadlocks, to outfits made entirely of a single pastel color-the various aspects of style can be so inspiring and exciting.This week I took a day trip into the city and decided to photograph my look (sorry to disappoint but it does not involve dreadlocks nor monochrome pastels).

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How can you not be in love with this city?

It’s NOT Spring: Although spring is (supposedly) approaching, the East Coast remains frigid as ever. I decided that I might as well incorporate my favorite winter style into my outfit because with warm weather will come a plethora of new trends. Some trends this season were loose bohemian knits, cool toned outfits and flannel prints. As you will see I utilized several of these aspects into my outfit of the day.

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My outfit of the day!

What I wore: I went for a very casual, grunge look by incorporating layered, loose basics. My comfortable, flowy top is from a local boutique, however there are similar basics sold at Brandy Melville. As for bottoms, I styled a high waisted, structured pant with gold accented pockets from American Apparel. For a pop of color, I tied a flannel from Urban around my waist- this also came in handy when it got chillier throughout the day and I could put it on, creating a layered look. I styled this outfit with some classic black booties (not pictured) to tie it all together. 

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Bralettes & Necklace combos = A match made in Heaven

Why bralettes are extremely important: I am in LOVE with bralettes because they are the perfect addition of color and texture to any simple outfit. Although some can be pricey, I invested in this aqua one from Free People and have been wearing it non-stop since. You can really dress up this comfortable statement with a little black dress or in a more casual sense as I did. If you don’t already own one, I would definitely recommend purchasing a bralette, as mine has become a staple in my wardrobe.

Notable Necklaces: I purchased my set of necklaces from Urban Outfitters and just as the bralette does, layered necklaces can really alter an outfit. I’ve been really into gold accessories lately and feel that this combination of various lengthened and textured necklaces can be styled in many ways. The shortest necklace is a very simple bead strung on a black cord- resembling the choker trend that was incredibly popular this summer. The next necklace is a simple lotus flower and I feel that the length is perfect and can be styled alone or with other pieces, as photographed. My third necklace is a “Hamsa” hand which is supposed to serve as “protection from evil” (in reality I just thought it was really cute!) I have been in love with various lengthened necklaces because they can be featured individually or paired to create awesome looks.

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Hopefully I’m not making you TOO hungry…

Sunnies: I know I’m killing you with the food photos, but what would a trip to the city be without a picture of my treat (I am a teenage girl after all). Anyway, this mouth watering photo of my ice cream sandwich from TMC features my new favorite sunglasses. Although it may have been raining and freezing weather I couldn’t resist wearing my new shades (yes, I’m THAT girl) from Urban Outfitters (see a pattern here?) The perfect pair of sunnies can really pull a look together! With warm weather (supposedly) approaching I would definitely recommend looking for your next pair of shades at Urban because they are all incredibly cute and fairly inexpensive. Also, you should definitely stop by The Meatball Shop if you happen to be in the city- you can pick up one of these ice cream sandwiches because let me tell you it was incredible. 

Maybe spring is coming after all...

Maybe spring is coming after all…

Thank you so much for reading! If you are looking for style inspiration (or any kind of inspiration) you should take a trip to NYC for sure! It is overflowing with unique looks on every sidewalk. I hope you enjoyed, have a wonderful week.

Don’t forget to like, comment & follow for more outfit inspiration & style posts! Also, a special thank you for all of the awesome feedback on my last post- you are all so lovely! 

Kyra Xx

A Fashion Legend: Never to be forgotten

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Legendary fashion designer, Oscar De La Renta recently passed away on October 20th at the age of 82. The cause of his death is unclear but his iconic fashion sense is not. Although it is important to mourn the loss of De La Renta, someone so influential to the fashion industry, we must recognize his achievements as well!

“He always wanted women to be the star of the look. He was never trying to take over and be the boss. The sketches that he did for me at the Oscars last year, every single one of them he sketched my face in. It wasn’t just a sketchof some dress —  it was how it would be on me, specifically. I was so lucky to get to work with him and to know him even just a little bit.”

-Jennifer Garner

Oscar De La Renta’s pieces were always described as, “feminine and flattering.” He specialized in beautiful wedding gowns and haute women’s clothing. His work quickly became popular among icons all around the world, including multiple first ladies. As one can easily tell from the photographs below, Oscar De La Renta was a classy man with a true talent in the fashion world. His elegant pieces will be missed globally.

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A stunning wedding gown designed by De La Renta

A stunning wedding gown designed by De La Renta

Upcoming Fall Trends ▲ 2014

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Many designers have been speculating what colors and textures will be popular this upcoming season. After looking into many fads, here are the the top five trends to be scouting for in your favorite stores…

5. Athletic Aesthetic 

A popular look that has been seen walking many runways is the “sporty” style. This fad incorporates jersey- like characteristics such as a number and name, on high end products. This idea has been seen at many stores, some of them being Top Shop, and Brandy Melville where numbers and sports teams have been displayed on flannels and graphic tees especially.

4. Loads of Layering

Another trend that is incredibly popular for the upcoming fall and winter season is layering! Incorporating this look into your wardrobe is easy and requires no shopping-look no further than you’re own closet! Not only is layering of basic knits, flannels, army jackets, denim, leather and more, cute but practical as well. Throw on a vest or chunky sweater over your favorite tee or accessorize with a scarf or belt. The options are endless and with this look you’ll be staying warm and looking fashionable too.

3. Notable Necklace Combos

Layering doesn’t just apply to scarves and sweaters, but jewelry too! A look that many were rocking this summer was necklace layering and it looks like this trend is pushing into fall as well. This summer many were styling the “choker” trend and incorporating short and simple necklaces. It is predicted that the stacking of accessories will continue but with longer statement necklaces.

2. Stylish Sneakers

Many big time designers like Chanel and Steve Madden have been incorporating a loafer-type, slip-on sneakers into their latest runway pieces. These adorable shoes can be found in various materials including leather and velvet, as well as endless colors and patterns. Teen fashion icons have been sporting these with not only causal looks but dresses as well. These shoes can be dressed up or down for which ever occasion you desire. Found at Nordstrom, Bloomindales, Steve Madden and other shoe carriers, a pair of these can range from $40 to $100 based on the brand and style of the shoe. Similar to layering, this style is cute, comfortable and functional!

These shoes come in an array of colors and patterns!

These shoes come in an array of colors and patterns!

1. Notorious Knits

A classic trend that always comes around during the fall and winter seasons is the “chunky” knit. Whether it’s cardigans or pull overs it’s known that many will be styling long cozy sweaters this autumn. Coming in all kinds of styles and colors some classic fall shades are maroon, burnt-orange, army green, and tans. Sweaters are a staple item in every girl’s seasonal wardrobe because they are warm yet always fashionable. Knits can range from $15 to hundreds of dollars and can be found at most stores selling women’s clothing including stores like Brandy Melville, American Apparel, American Eagle, Nordstrom, Bloomindales and many more.

Good Luck incorporating these upcoming trends into your wardrobe…

Happy fall Xx